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Dalí's life and works :
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Dalí's life and works
Dalí's life and worksBy car, 123 km, 1 day
The names of Figueres and Dalí will always be linked. The little hinderland town houses the Dali Theatre-Museum, a fabulous and surprising museum in the image of its provocative creator. 2km from Cadaquès, Portlligat is a small bay with an adorable port where Dalí had his house. The painter and his wife Gala converted it over 40-years. The last stage of the journey is Púbol that houses a 14C castle offered by Dalí to his wife. Visiting this surrealist place is equally full of surprises.Customise this route and add it to My travel book
The old municipal theatre, built in 1850 by the neo-classical architect José Roca i Bros, was renovated in 1968 to house the works of Dalí: «This museum must not be seen as a museum, it is a gigantic surrealist object, where everything is coherent and nothing escapes my meaning.» Dalí let his imagination run free here in the arrangement of exterior spaces (statues of masqued characters standing against columns of tyres) as well as inside the building. The spectacular salon represents Mae West and is decorated with a central sofa in the shape of a pair of lips, a chimney shaped like a nose, and frames shaped like eyes. Next to paintings by Dalí, including the series of Dalí paintings Gala, there are works of art by Pixtot, Duchamp, Fortuny and so on, as well as a number of the «academies» of Bouguereau, one of the greatest representatives of the pompier style.
Made up of a labyrinth of fishermen's houses that Dalí and his wife Gala built over more than 40 years. Here you can see the painter's studio, library, the couple's rooms, the extraordinary garden and swimming pool.
The 14C castle of the barons of Púbol was a present from Dalí to his wife Gala in 1970, and she is buried here. The artist decorated the entire building containing unusual surrealist objects.